The Croatian defender was one of three players to swap St Mary’s Stadium for Anfield this summer, following Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert to the North West.
But unlike his team-mates, Lovren is set to start against the Saints this afternoon as the Reds kick off their campaign, with Lallana injured and Lambert due to take a spot on the bench.
The 25-year-old centre-back was one of the stars of the South Coast club’s impressive 2013/14 campaign, but the end to his one season there left a bitter taste in the supporters’ mouths as he agitated for a switch to Liverpool.
Even though he’s likely to get a frosty reception from the visiting fans, Lovren says that he’s focused on his own game and that he hopes followers of Southampton appreciated that he couldn’t pass up the chance to join Brendan Rodgers’ side:
“Listen, I said it was destiny,” he is quoted by Sky Sports. “But I won’t think about Southampton, I will concentrate on my game and on my style.
“Maybe it was a difficult relationship at the end, but I said, from the first day, I wanted to come to Liverpool.
“I told them I want to leave because Liverpool is a massive club and maybe I will have this chance just one time in my life, so I don’t want to stay and see the chance going.
“There is a lot of talent here, amazing players and last season they showed already they can do something. Now, with eight new players, I’m really confident in this team.”